Our latest Curiosity of the Week is the town of Fordwich in Kent. But what is so unique about Fordwich?
Fordwich is the smallest town in Britain, with only around 400 inhabitants. So how did this sleepy little settlement become a town?
This inland town was once the main port for Canterbury, before the Wantsum Channel silted up. It was granted the status of town by King Henry II in the 12th century, despite only having a few hundred residents, because of its importance.
Fordwich did lose its town status in the 19th century, before regaining its status once more in the 1970s.
Despite its size, Fordwich has a town hall (thought to be the smallest in England) and town council, two pubs, and a church. The town hall, dating back to the 16th century, can seat up to 41 people and comes complete with jail and courtroom (although these are no longer used). The council chairman doubles as the town mayor for ceremonial purposes.
There are other small towns in the country, including Broughton in Furness which has around 500 residents, and Manningtree which has around 700 residents; but Fordwich is still said to be the smallest by population.
Although small, the town has plenty of historic buildings, and visitors to Fordwich are welcome to look around the church and the old town hall.
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